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  ST. JOHN'S GATE
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City gates along Dlugie Pobrzeze (the Long Waterfront) and the Motlawa River are often called the water gates. They were part of medieval fortifications. Three lines of walls, gates and towers surrounded old Gdansk thus even perfectly organized Swedish army couldn't conquer Gdansk. The St. John's Gate (Brama Swietojanska) was built in 15th century and badly damaged at the end of WWII. Most of Gdansk old town was rebuilt and reconstructed in pretty old style. But not in this case.

The gate at the end of Swietojanska street was rebuilt in 19th century style. It's a simple, brick, a bit monumental building with huge red-tiled, gable roof. The proportions of the building are somewhat wrong, it looks too heavy. There are grey, dirty and rather ugly houses along St. John's street. It's simply not my favourite old architecture.



Address: Ul. Swietojanska, Gdansk
Directions: Walk eastwards Dluga street, turn left (northwards) to Tkacka st., then turn 4th street right (Mikolaja st., then Swietojanska), the gate at the end of the street. About 30 min.from the Main Railway Station (Gdansk Glowny).

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  • Updated Nov 14, 2005
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